Friday, July 13, 2012

Archival Resource Keys Google Discussion Group

The University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL) has announced the formation of the first discussion group for ARKs (Archival Resource Keys).

The group is intended as a public forum for people interested in sharing with and learning from others about how ARKs have been or could be used in identifier applications.

The forum is also intended as a mechanism for the CDL/UC3, in its role as the ARK scheme maintenance agency, to seek community feedback on a number of longer term issues and activities, including
  • publishing the ARK specification as an Internet RFC,
  • clarifying local and global resolution options, and
  • understanding metadata retrieval in a linked data environment.
The number of institutions that have registered interest in assigning ARKs, currently over 100, has grown steadily in ten years. The ARK scheme specification was recently renewed as an Internet-Draft and has been stable since 2008. A few small changes are expected before proposing it as an Internet RFC. We hope you will consider joining in the discussion about these topics and others.


The latest issue of SCATNews : Newsletter of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Cataloguing Section is now available.

Among the many topics reported are:
  • A Canadian Linked Open Data project : out of the trenches : Linked Open Data of the First World War by Pat Riva
  • Europe pondering adoption of RDA: the European RDA Interest Group (EURIG) by Fran├žoise Leresche
  • Update on cataloguing namespaces by Gordon Dunsire

Thursday, July 12, 2012

LC Authority File

It seems the LC Authority File is not working. I can't get in. Tried different browsers but still can't search.

Additions to Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes

The source codes listed below have been recently approved. The codes will be added to the applicable Source Codes for Vocabularies, Rules, and Schemes lists. See the specific source code lists for current usage in MARC fields and MODS/MADS elements.

The codes should not be used in exchange records until 60 days after the date of this notice to provide implementers time to include newly-defined codes in any validation tables.

Subject Heading and Term Source Codes

The following source codes have been added to the Subject Heading and Term Source Codes list for usage in appropriate fields and elements.

1814-bibliografi: emneord for 1814-bibliografi (Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket)
Library of Congress medium of performance thesaurus for music (LCMPT)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Proposal for Tod-Oirat-Old Kalmyk Romanization Table

A proposal for a Tod-Oirat-Old Kalmyk romanization table was developed in 1998 by Wayne Richter of Western Washington University and circulated in CSB 83. No further action was taken at that time. The Policy and Standards Division is interested in completing work on this table and it is available for review at Tod-Oirat-Old Kalmyk Romanization [PDF, 159 KB].